Antigua and Barbuda: Shopping
Life is a beach
Antigua has a mix of shopping malls and high street shops and colourful markets for all your day to day requirements but for that extra special something to remind you of your visit to Antigua, especially a gift or momento which is locally made and unique to Antigua or if you feel like spoiling yourself with an item of fashion clothing, a brand made accessory or a piece of hand crafted jewellery, there are several places to go. Vendor’s Mall in St. John’s has two levels of shops selling an assortment of goods at budget prices. Heritage Quay Duty Free Mall is on two levels where you can buy fine cigars, spirits, perfumes, artwork, leather goods, china, crystal and watches. There are some nice restaurants and bars to satisfy that shopping hunger and thirst. The steel bands play when the cruise ships are in port, and by the way, prices do tend to increase as well. Redcliffe Quay is different to Heritage Quay, it is more upmarket and the environment is 19th century architecture, very colonial and very colourful. Bars and restaurants and the shops are set in a courtyard. A fine shopping centre selling fashion items, jewellery, artwork, craftwork (try Rafapasta, for its Afro Caribbean, Latin American crafts). All duty free purchases require production of some form of identity only. The other main shopping centres are at Jolly Harbour, a waterfront setting overlooking the marina and boardwalk where you will find a supermarket, a variety of shops, a bank, tour companies, restaurants, bars, gym and a car rental agency. English and Falmouth Harbours, a great wine store, pottery craftwork, boutiques and gift shops as well as marvellous restaurants and bars. Wood Centre is a mall on the outskirts of St. John’s, modern and air conditioned with ample parking. For art collectors you will find galleries at all the shopping centres as well as private galleries at St. James’ Club, Harmony Hall, Turtle Bay, The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda at St. John’s, a non profit making gift shop. For the last opportunity to shop there is duty free shopping at V.C. Bird International Airport. As a recommendation try to remember to take a bottle or two of English Harbour 5 year Old Rum home with you.